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47 Ronin (2013)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  25 December 2013 (USA)
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A band of samurai set out to avenge the death and dishonor of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun.



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Lovecraftian Samurai


While hunting in the forest, Lord Asano of Ako and his samurai find a young half-breed and take him with them to live in the castle. Several years later, Lord Asano holds a tournament to welcome the Shogun to Ako. The night after the tournament, Lord Asano is bewitched into hurting Lord Kira of Nagato, and is punished into committing seppuku by the Shogun. Realizing that it was a Lord Kira's evil plot, the samurais and the half-breed sets out for revenge against the Shogun's order. Written by Immanuel A.

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This Christmas, seize eternity.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images, and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

47 Ronin: La Leyenda del Samurai  »

Box Office


$175,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,869,000 (USA) (27 December 2013)


$38,297,305 (USA) (31 January 2014)

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2.35 : 1
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The film's budget ballooned from $175 million to $225 million. Between the costs of production and advertising, it needed to gross $500 million to break even, a figure that it did not even come close to. See more »


In several of the scenes, it is highly noticeable that the flags and banners and tents used throughout the movie are machine stitched with modern double needle stitching. Also that the loops used to attached to poles are stitched in the "X in a box" style not used till very recently in history. For a clear example see (time-stamp)21m0s when the Samurai challenger in the silver mask and suit emerges from the tent and look at the banner in the background. The mechanical sewing machine will not have been invented for at least another 50 years after this historic incident had happened. and the sewing machine still would not reach Japan for many more decades. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: Ancient feudal Japan, a land shrouded in mystery, forbidden to foreigners. A group of magical islands home to witches and demons. A nation of rival provinces whose lords were ruled by a shogin whose will is absolute. Peace in the realm is kept by the samurai, master swordsmen tasked with protecting their lord and their province at all costs. Should a samurai ever lose of fail his master, he suffers the greatest shame in all Japanese society. He becomes a ronin. And yet, to know ...
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Crazy Credits

The Universal spinning Earth begins normally, but after the camera backs away to show the full globe and logo it then slowly zooms back in with the Earth still spinning to Japan and the movies title is drawn over the Pacific Ocean. Clouds then obscure everything then clear as the view zooms in to Japan and the narration begins. See more »


Version of Dai Chûshingura (1957) See more »

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User Reviews

A nicely executed movie, very Japanese, good mythology
26 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My wife and I saw this movie panned by critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and the only conclusion we came to is they just were not sensitive to the culture of Japanese mythology. The movie was excellent. We had been dying to see it since the first announcements, and despite the critics reviews, we went. Thank goodness we did.

The special effects were good, the story was good. Keanu Reeves did not come off as Bwana, the white savior of the poor little Japanese people, as some people might think, as per the usual American movies. He did stand out, but it was well shared with the Japanese actors.

The story itself is not American, and I believe that may have thrown off critics. The ending is unusual, though I will not spoil it for you.

I recommend this movie highly. Should you have the itch as we did, see it for yourself. You will not be disappointed.

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